For many years I kept a diary. I wrote every day and wrote about everything that had happened, what I’d done, where I’d been, who I’d seen, my thoughts…..everything. I wrote it all down on paper which I put in files, separating the different months with coloured spacers. A different coloured spacer for every month, a different coloured file for each year. I kept the files in a big box. The idea was that I’d be able to look back and see what I’d done on a particular day or week or month. As the box got fuller with files I thought in might be easier if I got bigger files, they would be month files rather than year files……I’d have twelve files one for each month.

I kept this going for quite some time until one day I realized that apart from it taking up a lot of my time each day, I had twelve massive files taking up a lot of space and more importantly and disturbingly I was spending my time looking back, looking at my past.

Obviously what has happened in our past shapes our present and in many ways our future but constantly dwelling in the past isn’t healthy, and it certainly wasn’t doing me any good.

So what to do?

I made the decision to stop writing the diary!

I had stopped writing it but was I going to do with the files? I didn’t  want anyone else to read them, I couldn’t just put them in the bin, I couldn’t burn them (people round here are offended by the smell of bonfires!) So I shredded them……….

This is January……..WP_20180224_08_58_36_Pro_2_kindlephoto-1035087217or should I say, this is twelve years of January!

This is twelve years of January’s from my diary, shredded and  hand rolled. Each disk is wrapped in the shredded coloured paper spacers that had separated the months.

The diaries don’t exist any more or rather they exist but they can’t be read in the same way!


Studio light!

The sun was shining into the studio today , and it was good!

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So, I didn’t win

So, I didn’t win, but I’m still pretty pleased to have got to the finals in a field of over seven hundred applicants, and I think ‘All One’ looks pretty good hanging at The House of St Barnabas in Soho Square.


This is a new piece I’ve been working on just back from the framer. I’m quite pleased with it and have called it ‘Infusion’


Emerald Winter Pride Art Award Update

A couple of posts ago I wrote that I’d put a piece of my work forward for the Emerald Winter Pride Art Award.

The idea is that the judges look at photos of work before coming up with a shortlist of finalists and then see the actual work in order to pick the winner.

There were about seven hundred applicants for the award and guess what, yes, I have been chosen as one of the seventeen finalists.

On Monday we took the piece to The House of St Barnabas (a private members club in Soho Square in London) where the judging will take place and where the finalists will be exhibited. The winner (actually there are two awards so two winners) will be announced tomorrow evening so fingers crossed.

Whatever the result I’m pleased with my piece of artwork and pretty thrilled to be a finalist………though obviously I’d love to win!

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Winter at Quay Arts

At Quay Arts in Newport over the 2017 winter period there is an exhibition of ‘winter’ themed work. About seventeen artists are involved and a couple of my pieces are on display. The exhibition opened yesterday and looks terrific, pop along if you can.